Sunday, November 27th 2016

MSI Gives the GTX 1050 Low-profile Treatment

MSI announced a low-profile GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card (model: MSI GTX 1050 2GT-LP). Based on an identical board design to the company's low-profile GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, this card features a GeForce GTX 1050 chip running at NVIDIA-reference clock speeds of 1354 MHz core, 1455 MHz GPU Boost, and 7.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective) memory. The card features 2 GB of GDDR5 memory across the GPU's 128-bit wide memory interface.

The MSI GTX 1050 Low Profile, as its name suggests, features a half-height PCB, and a 2-slot thick cooling solution, with both standard and low-profile I/O shields being included. The cooler consists of a dense copper core aluminium heatsink that's ventilated by a pair of 50 mm fans. The card draws all is power from the PCI-Express slot. Display outputs include one each of dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0b, and DisplayPort 1.4 connectors. The company didn't reveal pricing.
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13 Comments on MSI Gives the GTX 1050 Low-profile Treatment

#1
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
I think the first to make a Low Profile GTX1060 or RX470/480 would have a fair few sales, it would be just the excuse I need to get an ultra tiny build going... GTX1050/Ti just isn't quite enough power to warrant it for me personally.
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TheinsanegamerN
wolf said:
I think the first to make a Low Profile GTX1060 or RX470/480 would have a fair few sales, it would be just the excuse I need to get an ultra tiny build going... GTX1050/Ti just isn't quite enough power to warrant it for me personally.
The 1060 pulls too much power and has too wide of a data bus for a low profile card. LP cards tend to stick to 128 bit sub 75 watt cards.

Especially the 480, pulling as much power as a 1070, is far too power hungry.

The only card I can think of that was low profile and higher then typical specs was the 7850 LP edition, which was 256 bit. But that card was Japanese only, ridiculously expensive before shipping costs, and didnt last long in the market. There is a reason nobody makes these cards, very very few people are looking to buy them.
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#3
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
TheinsanegamerN said:
Especially the 480, pulling as much power as a 1070, is far too power hungry.
It has already been proven they can get the 480 into the sub 95W TDP category for the entire PCB. This is still too much power for a LP card, but they could easily have that in a single slot short PCB orientation.
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wolf
Performance Enthusiast
cdawall said:
It has already been proven they can get the 480 into the sub 95W TDP category for the entire PCB. This is still too much power for a LP card, but they could easily have that in a single slot short PCB orientation.
This is my thinking, if they can get a RX480, GTX1060 and indeed even higher onto an MXM board for a laptop pulling ~100w, then why not a low profile desktop card, albeit with a single PCI-E power connector.
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#5
GreiverBlade
ooohh, that would be the perfect replacement for the GT730 2gb DDR3 i added recently to my mother HTPC...
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#6
RejZoR
Wait a second, the case slot bracket is still full width. Do they also give a shorter one for low profile cases? In the past you could replace them depending on what you needed.
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#7
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
Hurry up and send them to retail partners already!
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#9
bonehead123
RejZoR said:
Wait a second, the case slot bracket is still full width. Do they also give a shorter one for low profile cases? In the past you could replace them depending on what you needed.
do you mean this: "with both standard and low-profile I/O shields being included."

Looks to me like the shield is attached at the top & bottom by 1 screw each into the pcb, and the 2 stud bolts from the VGA port connecter shield....
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#10
RejZoR
Yes, that. I somehow missed that part :/ I've seen such idiocy that they made a low profile design and then didn't include half size IO bracket as replacement. You had to order it separately.
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#11
TheinsanegamerN
wolf said:
This is my thinking, if they can get a RX480, GTX1060 and indeed even higher onto an MXM board for a laptop pulling ~100w, then why not a low profile desktop card, albeit with a single PCI-E power connector.
Because the issue is physically fitting a 256 bit GPU, or 192 bit, onto a PCB short enough to be LP. A MXM card is a big square. a LP card is a short rectangle. It's doable, but it is expensive and difficult.

And the one time a company did, with the 7850, nobody bought it. There is simply not a market for such a GPU. It's expensive, a engineering nightmare, and doesnt sell, ergo, nobody makes them.
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#12
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
TheinsanegamerN said:
Because the issue is physically fitting a 256 bit GPU, or 192 bit, onto a PCB short enough to be LP. A MXM card is a big square. a LP card is a short rectangle. It's doable, but it is expensive and difficult.

And the one time a company did, with the 7850, nobody bought it. There is simply not a market for such a GPU. It's expensive, a engineering nightmare, and doesnt sell, ergo, nobody makes them.
It will be nice when HBM becomes more mainstream. Then it no longer matters.
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#13
Xerxes
The first retailer that have it in stock gets my cash. So glad they made this.
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